Tax aid offered to low income, senior citizens

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Silvia Macias, left, of Clovis has her taxes prepared Thursday by volunteer Ann Sweat of AARP tax aide at Roy Walker Recreation Center. This was Macias’ first time using the free service and Sweat has been a volunteer tax preparer for four years. Tonjia Rolan Low income and senior citizens […]

ENMU adds 14 recruits, eight more expected to sign

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has released the names of 14 high school signees to national letters of intent for the 2012 football season on Wednesday’s national signing day. First-year coach Josh Lynn said Wednesday night that he expects about eight more players to sign by the end of today. “It went […]

Press release: Lynn adds talent for 2012 football season

PORTALES, N.M. — Since taking over as head football coach at Eastern New Mexico University, about a month and a half ago, Josh Lynn and his staff have been relentless in their attempts to add talent to their roster, signing a number of skilled athletes to National Letters of Intent. In addition to a number […]

Newspaper history

The Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun have been sold to Clovis Media Inc., a new company based in Sheridan, Wyo., officials announced on Tuesday. The sale also includes all of the publications produced by the group now known as Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Here’s a brief history of each newspaper:

Clovis, Portales, Tucumcari papers sold (updated)

Robin Fornoff Freedom Communications has agreed to sell the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune, Quay County Sun and their affiliated publications to Clovis Media Inc., Publisher Ray Sullivan told newspaper employees Tuesday afternoon. All 60 full-time and two part-time associates will retain their jobs in ownership transition, expected to take place before the end of […]

Zias to rely on youth

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FNM correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU softball coach Lauren Sigwing talks to freshman pitcher Albie Medina during the team’s practice on Monday at Zia Softball Field. The Zias open the season in a three-day event at St. Mary’s in San Antonio starting on Thursday. Dave Wagner PORTALES — Third-year Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Lauren […]

Zias deal Incarnate 77-66 loss

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FNM correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU senior forward Precious Herrin shoots over Incarnate Word’s Chloe Wallace Saturday’s Lone Star Conference women’s game against Incarnate Word at Greyhound Arena. Herrin shot 9-for-13 from the floor and finished with a game-high 21 points. Dave Wagner PORTALES — Say one thing for first-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball […]

Anniversaries —

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Welch [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Johnny and Fran Welch of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 5 at Creighton’s Town and Country meeting and conference room, 1704 S. Ave D, Portales. The celebration will be hosted by Angie and Brant Moore, Jeff and Doris Welch, Kevin Welch, […]

Engagements —

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Montgomery-Acosta [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Cori Snobble and John Montgomery of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Leila Montgomery of Portales, to Harvey Acosta of Portales, son of Saul and Henrietta Acosta of Portales. The couple will exchange vows 6 p.m. July 13, 2012. The bride elect is a 2003 graduate […]

Oak Ridge Boys hit close to home

Thanks to three generous co-workers (they are modest, so email me for names), Portales residents Steve and Betsy Chaves and I received complimentary fourth-row tickets to celebrate Steve’s latest 29th birthday at the Oak Ridge Boys concert in Clovis. Since the Chaves’ original plans included karaoke, I tried talking Steve into crashing the stage and […]

Hounds stun Kingsville with game-ending 13-1 run

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Joshua Lucero: FNM correspondent ENMU’s Devone Davis tries to draw a charge on Kingsville’s Ryan Layssard during Thursday’s game at Greyhound Arena. By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Things didn’t go well at all for Eastern New Mexico University’s men Thursday night — until it mattered most. Trailing by 12 points with less […]

Portales may be subject to driver’s license fraud

Barry Massey SANTA FE — Dozens of the same business and residential addresses were used repeatedly by people to obtain driver’s licenses in New Mexico in a pattern that suggests fraud by immigrants trying to game the system, an Associated Press investigation has found. Data suggests that Portales is one of the cities in New […]

Three arrested in raid on Portales tire shop

Christina Calloway The owner of Victor’s Tire Shop and two other men were arrested Tuesday afternoon on drug charges during after police raided his shop on North Chicago Street. Victor Olguin, 50, of Portales arranged for cocaine to be delivered to his shop Tuesday with the intention to distribute it out of his shop, according […]

Bars included in Portales Sunday liquor sales

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Dawg Houze bartender Jennifer Kirby pours a rum and coke Thursday afternoon at the bar. Owner Chad Heflin said Sunday liquor sales were three times what he anticipated them to be in the bar’s first two Sundays open. Alisa Boswell Portales city councilors are unhappy after learning that Sunday liquor […]

Hounds, Zias get another crack at WT

Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s men would like a mulligan for the start of Wednesday’s Lone Star Conference clash at West Texas A&M. Down by 20 points with less than two minutes left in the first half, the Greyhounds came all the way back — almost — before losing to the Buffaloes […]

Honor guard leads MLK Day festivities

Cannon Connections: Christina Calloway Portales residents marched united down second street in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Christina Calloway The Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard led Portales residents Monday morning from Eastern New Mexico University to Portales’ Memorial Building, where they “celebrated the dream” with festivities in recognition of Dr. Martin […]

Portales residents replace stolen tree

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell The stump of Mary Standefer’s old tree rests next to her new one, which was given to her from a combined effort between friends and strangers. Standefer said the act of kindness made her realize how many wonderful people are in the world. Alisa Boswell Portales residents banded together to […]

Clovis man recounts year of recovery

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Freedom New Mexico: Christina Calloway Robert Bell demonstrates how he fell 30 feet down an elevator shaft about one year ago. Bell considers his survival a miracle and is very grateful that he is still alive. Christina Calloway Robert Bell is reflecting on how grateful he is for being alive as the one-year anniversary of […]

New Mexico marks 100 years of statehood

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Courtesy photo: New Mexico History Museum President William Howard Taft signed the declaration of New Mexico’s statehood at 1:35 p.m. on Jan. 6, 1912. New Mexico was the 47th state. Freedom New Mexico The state of New Mexico turns 100 today and statewide celebrations will be going on all weekend in commemoration of this historical […]

No. 9 Texans outlast Hounds

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CNJ correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU’s Curtis Wilkinson goes to the basket against Tarleton State’s Fabian Wilson during Wednesday night’s Lone Star Conference men’s game at Greyhound Arena. CNJ staff report PORTALES — Senior guard Chris Harrell scored 21 points, hitting 5-of-7 from 3-point range, and Tarleton State held on late for a 55-52 Lone Star […]